First 24 hrs with no new Covid-19 in French Polynesia since July

5:29 pm on 12 May 2021

French Polynesia has gone 24 hours without recording any new cases of Covid-19.

It's the first time this has happened since July 2020.

Bora-Bora, French Polynesia.

Bora-Bora, French Polynesia Photo: Unsplash / Benedikt Brichta

After the territory's government re-opened to tourists last July, French Polynesia was struck by one of the Pacific's worst outbreaks of the coronavirus.

18,000 people were infected, Tahiti's hospital was pushed to the limit, and 141 people died.

But since January, the numbers have been steadily declining. The territory hasn't recorded a coronavirus death since 6 March.

Today, only one person is in hospital and more than 50,000 people have had at least one dose of the vaccine.

Last week, the territory again reopened its borders for quarantine-free travel from some countries.

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